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Winter Olympics 3 Feb 19

If you think remembering the second-place winner is hard, try third.  If you google “third winter olympics” you won’t even find it. (You get a bunch of links to third-place winners). The official name is “III Winter Games” and it was held in Lake Placid, NY, a fine modern vacation spot if there ever was one, Olympics or not. The area was discovered by the rich and famous clear back in the late 1800′s, and a lot of places sprang up to cater to their tastes.

Interesting tidbit (one of many): The family of the guy who invented the Dewey Decimal System was instrumental in developing the area as a target for winter sports and the eventual arrival of the Winter Olympics there. So if you’re an academic, you will find interesting things to see.

History buff? Especially Civil War? John Brown’s farm (and body) are there. Now it’s the John Brown State Historic Site. There’s a Cold-War-era missile silo around there somewhere, too. Good luck finding it. You’ll see a lot of nice scenery while you look. I couldn’t find a picture of the missile silo, but here’s a shot of John Brown’s farm.

The abolitionist's farmhouse

Back to the olympics–Lake Placid is one of only three places to host the Winter Olympics twice. The bobsled run was a WPA project. And the 1932 games is the only winter games in which the US took more medals than any other country.

Historic sites, gorgeous scenery, winter sports—what’s your excuse for visiting the northeast corner of New York? Send us a comment.

Old Olympics #2 Feb 16

Nobody ever remembers who takes second place. Anybody remember who ran against George Washington? Some of you might have remembered where the first Winter Games were held, but how about the second?

Well, it was in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The most memorable thing about that event was its weather. Opening ceremonies were held during a blizzard, then it warmed up so much they had to cancel the 10,000 meter speed skating event, and the cross-country skiing event experienced temperatures in the high 70′s. You have probably heard of Sonja Henie. She took Gold in figure skating at age 15, and remained the youngest gold medal winner for almost three quarters of a century.

St. Moritz is a great place to vacation. It’s near the SE corner of Switzerland, right next to Italy. The scenery is spectacular, of course, and if you like winter sports, you’ll like St Moritz. Bobsled and skeleton championships are frequent, not to mention an assortment of world-class skiing events. (They hosted the 1948 Winter Olympics, too). Maybe you don’t like crowds. The population St. Moritz is sparse—around five thousand, and unemployment is very low.

The place is pretty nice in the summer, too.

Lake St. Moritz. They have horse races on it in the winter.

Go visit! They have condos you can rent at a really good price if you’re a member of Serenity. Then write home to us in the comments.

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